At The Quarter Mark!

10/01/2013 1:36 pm by in Fantasy Football, Fantasy Football Articles, Fantasy Football Expert Analysis, Player Spotlights

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Fantasy Football is now at the quarter mark of the season. Here is an overview of what I see happening over the next four weeks. No matter how your team is doing, it’s always good to think ahead, not only accounting for byes or waiver wire pickups but also for trades and matchups.

Quarterbacks to keep an eye on at the quarter mark include Tono Romo (Den, Was, Phi, & Min); Eli Manning (Phi, Min, Oak, Gb, Dal, Was);Tyrelle Pryor (SD, Pit, Phi, NYG); Matt Cassel (post bye -Dal, NYG, Was, GB, Phi); Brian Hoyer and Alex Smith .

I’d make Tony Romo a priority trade target, though he was on the waiver wire in one of my redraft leagues. After his bye week the schedule includes the Giants, Raiders Bears, Packers and Redskins. Currently only the Bears (15) on that list rank higher than 24th in defending the quarterback. He is currently the tenth highest scoring fantasy quarterback, so the price should not be too high. The other quarterbacks mentioned should help you get to the playoffs.

Alex Smith is a game manager who makes few mistakes, gets you some yards on the ground and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of four contests. Brian Hoyer has to throw (92 pass attempts in two games), has multiple touchdowns in both games he has started, and he has Josh Gordon and Jordon Cameron as targets.

Running backs to keep an eye on at the quarter mark include Fred Jackson, LeGarette Blount, Chris Ogbonnaya and Andre Ellington. Let’s face it, if a running back is drawing breath he is probably rostered in your league but these guys might still be available. With these guys matchups will pay a significant role in when they can be used. However, be sure to scour your waiver wire, I found LeVeon Bell and Eddy Lacy just last week on waivers.

Fred Jackson is producing and while not a recommended start against the Browns defense this week he does face the Dolphins, Saints, Steelers, Falcons, Jaguars and Dolphins. That makes him a flex option every other week or so.

LeGarette Blount looks like he has settled into a time share with Stevan Ridley. He has rushed for 60 yards in consecutive games outgaining Ridley in each contest. With the loss of NT Vince Wolfork the Patriots could return to more of a smashmouth approach. He doesn’t appear to be a long term answer, but he could take on a larger role with the team.

Chris Ogbonnaya and Andre Ellington both have ppr value. Ogbonnaya seems to have a good rapport with Brian Hoyer,and his value is more closely tied to his quarterback than the other running back options. Ellington looks destined to take over for Rashard Mendenhall at some point, but he is a desperation pick up as the Cardinal run schedule is brutal, hence his ppr value.

Wide receivers to keep an eye on at the quarter mark include Justin Blackmon, Kris Durham, Nate Washington, Stephen Hill (out this week), Greg Jennings ( in case he has been dropped), and Robert Woods.

Justin Blackmon returns from his four game suspension and will take a lot of pressure off Cecil Shorts and MJD as teams won’t be able to double Shorts and load the line. On his own, Blackmon’s value increases when/if the Jaguars switch to Chad Henne at quarterback. He’s worth that gamble at the end of a roster and gets a bump in ppr leagues.

Kris Durham played 92% of the snaps last week, if you can’t get Patrick Edwards/Ryan Broyles, Durham looks like he could be in the weekly mix for a pass first offense. If nothing else put him on your watch list. Nate Washington may need to develop some chemistry with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the Titans have clearly moved on from Kenny Britt. Stephen Hill is banged up, but he is becoming the playmaker many thought he could be. Robert Woods has gotten 26 targets in the last three weeks, he is still the #2 but the targets are coming his way.

Tight ends to keep an eye on at the quarter mark include Coby Fleener; Heath Miller; Garrett Graham, Brent Celek, and Charles Clay.
Health Miller would top the list as Ben Roethlisberger will continue to look his way. Coby Fleener is getting downfield targets. These two are longer term options. The other two can help you through a bye week.

With bye weeks about to more impactiful these are just some of the guys to keep an eye on in fantasy football. As always bring yoru questions to the forums!

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